• ★★★★-4

Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Spoiler-Free)

It is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn't touch. There is so much that this book did right. There are certain scenes, passages, and emotions that I will never forget. However, there are also plenty that I will. This book is a little long for its own good, but surprisingly (and I never thought I would hear myself say this), it's kind of warranted. I can tell that the verbose "backstory" writing of Donna Tartt is simply her style, and the book wouldn't be what it is without that. I loved so many of the topics covered in here, especially her portrayal of unrequited love. That portion of the book was by far my favorite aspect. Additionally, I loved how she was able to make me care about things that I never thought I could. I don't particularly like art, and I've never taken even a sliver of interest in antiques, and yet, here I am now. I can appreciate both of those things in a new light through the eyes of Theo. I can see the world through the eyes of each of her characters, to be honest. While my personality is the farthest from Boris' as humanly possible, Tartt was able to make me understand him. I can see myself within Hobie, and Pippa, perhaps Kitsey, and even Theo himself. I'm impressed by The Goldfinch and I am eagerly waiting to read The Secret History.

Song I was reminded of while reading: Typical Story

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